Hawaiʻi educator honors wife with support for Cancer Center

March 12, 2020

Long conversations, then love

Michael Branley

“We were introduced by mutual friends, and began meeting in tea rooms in Seoul,” says Michael Branley. “Chong Ja was very intelligent and well educated. We had long conversations about all kinds of topics. When my tour neared its end, we agreed to stay in contact and see where things would lead.”

Branley was in Korea assigned to Eighth Army Headquarters in Seoul, a graduate of the Military College of Vermont, Norwich University. When he returned to the United States upon being discharged from the Army, he taught for a year in Massachusetts before fulfilling his lifelong desire to live in Hawaiʻi. He enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

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